Sunday, February 13
Manager Joe Girardi addresses the media. Kind of an unofficial start to spring training. Lots of questions about Derek Jeter batting lead-off, who fills the eighth-inning role and whether the Yankees have an obvious favorite to be the fifth starter.
Monday, February 14
Pitchers and catchers report to George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.
Tuesday, February 15
First official workout for pitchers and catchers. If we’re lucky, there will be a bullpen session. Lots of questions about Joba Chamberlain as a reliever, Russell Martin as an everyday catcher and Jorge Posada as a DH.
Sunday, February 20
First full-squad workout. Lots of questions about how Alex Rodriguez’s hip is doing and what Curtis Granderson did to keep up the strides he made late last season. Posada finally stops answering questions about his role (for at least a day or two).
Wednesday, February 23
Spring training photo day. I’m sure the guys will be thrilled when this day rolls around.
Saturday, February 26
First spring training game. The Yankees open the spring schedule at home against the Phillies. Pretty sure Sam will be taking you through this game. I’ll be in a tuxedo at my friend Wade’s wedding.